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Lawyer’s letter says family of victim in ‘Rust’ shooting asks Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office to remove graphic video of her death

In October, while rehearsing a scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, the film’s cinematographer Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when a gun being controlled by actor Alec Baldwin exploded.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released several files Monday, including photos, recordings and reports from an ongoing investigation into the shooting, officials said. The figures released include video of Hutchins dying.

In a letter to the sheriff’s office, Brian Panish, an attorney for the Hutchins family, said the release of evidence had caused “irreparable” harm to her husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their son.

“Your office trampled on Hutchins’ constitutional rights,” the letter dated April 27 read. “Without further discussion, your office unilaterally determined that Mr. Hutchins will be granted access to the material for review early in the morning on Monday, April 25, before giving him less than one business day for review. Material.”

Panish wrote, due to the “enormous amount of material”, there was “absolutely insufficient time” and the family was “not given an opportunity to request that discretion be exercised, and that the sensitive material be redacted.” “

On top of that, the letter said, the sheriff’s office did not modify Hutchins’ personal and personal information. Panish wrote that his client feared his wife’s last-minute video could be used by threats to emotionally abuse his son.

The letter calls on the sheriff’s office to respect the Hutchins family’s “advancement of their constitutional rights to respect, privacy, dignity and fairness” and that the office remove footage of Hutchins “dying on the church floor”.

“While the damage caused by publishing the video is irreparable, removing the video will eliminate the complexity of causing further damage to your office,” the letter said.

CNN has contacted the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office to confirm receipt of the letter and additional comments.

During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Wednesday, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza defended the release of the material. “We are responding to a public records request where we are required to release information, and this was also an attempt to be transparent in the investigation,” Mendoza said.

As the investigation nears completion, he told ABC, his office is waiting on an FBI analysis of munitions, secret prints, DNA, a report from the medical examiner, and some cell phone data analysis. His office is hoping it won’t happen “in weeks and months”, he told GMA.

Released evidence includes ‘course related’, sheriff says

Evidence files released by the sheriff’s office include the text message “Rust” Armor Hannah Gutierrez Reid shared with an ammunition supplier for the previous film in 2021 — not “Rust” — where she said she fired the ammunition while on set. The shooting of gunpowder was planned. ,

Mendoza called the text messages “concerning” during an interview with NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday and said investigators are investigating who brought the ammunition to the “Rust” set.

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“Right now, no one has come forward and admitted to bringing live rounds on the sets of the film. There was information from text messages that was related based on the fact that live gunpowder was talked about and possibly a former It was used on a film set and it was a few months before the production of the set for the film ‘Rust’ started, so it’s worrying,” Mendoza said.

A law enforcement official told CNN that they considered the text exchange important as they try to determine whether Armor had practiced live-fire exercises as well as being responsible for security on set.

Gutierrez Reid’s attorney, Jason Bowles, told CNN that his client wanted to use the gun to understand how the historic weapon works and that he doesn’t fire live rounds on set.

CNN’s Cheri Mossberg, Josh Campbell and Stella Chan contributed to this report.

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